We will urge the two governments to ensure the commitments ultimately obtained in T-TIP are consistent with the approaches set forth in these documents so as to ensure compatible policies across the Atlantic will promote security while also enabling innovation and trade. In particular, in the realm of government advocacy or promotion of the use of cybersecurity standards and best practices in the commercial sector, we will urge the two governments to commit to continue relying on globally accepted voluntary standards, best practices, and international assurance programs developed via standard-setting processes that are consensus-based, transparent, and industry-led, with participation open to interested parties.
This approach will improve security, because nationally focused efforts may not have the benefit of the best peer review processes traditionally found in global standards bodies; because proven and effective security measures must be deployed across the entire global digital infrastructure; and because the need to meet multiple, conflicting security requirements in multiple jurisdictions raises enterprises' costs, diverting valuable security resources. This approach also will: 1) improve interoperability of the digital infrastructure, because security practices and technologies can be better aligned across borders; 2) permit more private sector resources to be used for investment and innovation to address future security challenges; 3) increase international trade in cybersecurity products and services that can be sold in multiple markets; and, 4) allow countries to comply with their international commitments, such as the WTO TBT Agreement.
Finally, in developing cybersecurity-related policies, ITI will urge
PROMOTING REGULATORY CONVERGENCE
In the area of regulatory convergence, ITI is urging
Greater regulatory transparency is also particularly important. An "early warning system" on prospective or revised regulations would reduce uncertainty for business, while also providing industry with the opportunity to share essential, timely market and technical expertise with regulators and other stakeholders. We are also recommending conformity assessments that would ensure the greatest degree of compliance at the lowest level of government intervention, as justified by science-based risk assessment. Currently,
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